Warbington Farms lies mostly in Dooly County in Central Georgia. It’s a family farm, with three generations working the land together to grow cotton, peanuts and corn. They’ve always been early adopters of new technology, and that has helped them continue to succeed, even during down times.
Everyone’s talking about it. While some people are living it, others are just dabbling. The Cornhusker chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) held their monthly meeting at Valley® Irrigation last week to discuss a hot topic via irrigation panel: precision ag. The panel focused on how some growers are taking precision ag to the next level, as well as how ag companies are helping all growers use precision ag to make their operations more efficient.
Throughout the month of January, Growing the Conversation has introduced you to three of the four new ICON smart panels from Valley – the ICON10, ICON1, and ICON5. This week, we are thrilled to introduce you to the ICON panel that gives growers like you the key to complete control over your entire pivot irrigation operation – the ICONX.
Farming is not a sport and growers do not have an “off season.” Running a farm operation takes year-round attention, which means that farmers need to remain on-point, even during the winter months. When crops aren’t in the field, growers are building strategies to make the next year more successful than the one before it. Agricultural conferences and trade shows can be valuable tools to help growers as they construct plans for the next growing season.
Over the past two weeks, Growering the Conversation Blog has introduced you to the new ICON10 and ICON1 smart panels for pivot irrigation from Valley®. We are excited to continue with the introductions to the ICON series of smart panels with the most versatile irrigation panel in the lineup – the ICON5™.
Previously, Valley Irrigation has written about how to maximize your investment in pivot irrigation through proper planning and preventative maintenance. I encouraged you to develop a plan that you could begin executing in the new year. Well the new year is here. The time to start is now. To steal a quote from Shakespeare, “Better 3 hours too soon than a minute too late!”
Last week, Valley® released the ICON line of smart panels to the world, and we featured the ICON10 smart panel in our Growing The Conversation blog. This week, we want to introduce you to the most revolutionary panel in the ICON line – the ICON1.
Advancements in technology have allowed crop irrigation pipelines to run with minimal problems for years at a time. New products and techniques such as digital control panels, sprinkler packages, and protective coatings like galvanizing have extended these machine’s lives considerably, and have secured irrigation pipelines as a lasting investment.
Almost 35 years ago, Valley released the industry’s very first remote monitor and control product, the Valmonitor. About 5 years after that, Valley introduced farmers to C:A:M:S technology; the revolutionary “computerized” irrigation control panel. Those two products represented a huge leap in capability and were the first steps towards true efficiency. Not just efficient use of water but also of time, labor and fuel.
Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful new year from all of us at Valley Irrigation.